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Western Michigan Old Engine Club

The Western Michigan Old Engine Club was formed on February 10, 1974 in Riverton Township. Located between Scottville and Ludington in West Michigan, 21 people gathered for the first meeting.

Members of the club are interested in restoring and running old gas hit and miss engines, steam engines, or other antique equipment. Originally, the collection was exhibited at the Fred Donohue’s farm south of Ludington. When the collection became too large for the farm it was moved to Mason County’s Historic White Pine Village.

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The collection soon outgrew this location as well. In 1990, the Western Michigan Engine Club was moved to its permanent location on 22 acres at Riverside Park in Scottville, Michigan. A pavilion was built at this location and the club hosts its annual show on the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of August.

Since many of the present members of the Old Engine Club are aging, they’re looking for younger members to join to keep the club going. You don’t have have to own a tractor, engine or machinery…just have an interest in what the club is about.

Annual Old Engine Club Show

The annual show is generally scheduled for early August at the Club’s grounds at Scottville Riverside Park- 700 S. Scottville Rd., Scottville. Hours are typically Thursday and Friday from 9am-7pm and Saturday from 9am-6pm.

 The Old Engine Club Show has been an annual event for 46 years. It’s so popular that many of the participants bring their tractors over on the S.S. Badger Carferry to Ludington and caravan the back roads to Scottville. 

Refreshments and food are available. Admission is Adults $7, Kids 12 & under free. Thursday is Senior Day, 65 & older $5.

There are different events each day during the show including daily tractor pulls featuring antique tractors, garden tractors and doodle bugs. Daily events include tractor parades, large flea market, arts and crafts and swap meet. 

Saturday is Kids Day from 10am-4pm featuring a Garden Tractor Pull for Kids 8-15, along with a Pedal Tractor Pull, Valve Cover Racers, Scavenger Hunt and Bird House Building. 

Old Engine Club Show Attractions & Exhibits

  • Stationary Gasoline Engines
  • American LeFrance Fire Truck
  • Kahlenberg Engine
  • Shingle Mill & Branding
  • Threshing and Baling
  • Antique Tractors
  • Corn Shelling & Grinding
  • Franklin Engine
  • Dowel Machine
  • Machine Shop
  • A Working Saw Mill with Buzz Saw, Drag Saw and Planer
  • and Much More!

Here a Current Schedule of Events for the Western Michigan Old Engine Club:

May 2024

  • TBA – Antique Tractor Pull, Dead Sled at 9am, Transfer Sled at 1pm at the club grounds

June 2024

  • TBA – Muskegon County Fairgrounds at 6:30pm
  • TBA – Antique Tractor Pull, Dead Sled at 9am, Transfer Sled at 1pm at the club grounds

July 2024

  • TBA – Hesperia at 1pm
  • TBA – Antique Tractor Pull, Dead Sled at 9am, Transfer Sled at 1pm at the club grounds

August 2024

September 2024

  • TBA – Antique Tractor Pull, Dead Sled at 9am, Transfer Sled at 1pm at the club grounds

October 2024

  • TBA – Antique Tractor Pull, Dead Sled at 9am, Transfer Sled at 1pm at the club grounds

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The city of Scottville is a small town located in the heart of Michigan’s Mason County. Read the stories below or go to the Scottville destination page.

For more information on the Western Michigan Old Engine Club, please contact:

Western Michigan Old Engine Club

oldengineclub.org

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